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UAE: ‘Cos it ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids

February 20, 2014

Islamic clerics issue fatwa banning one-way trip to Mars.

Promoting or being involved in a one-way trip to the Red Planet is prohibited in Islam, a fatwa committee under the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the UAE has ruled.

“Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,” the committee said.  “There is a possibility that an individual who travels to planet Mars may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death.”

Whoever opts for this “hazardous trip”, the committee said, is likely to perish for no “righteous reason”, and thus will be liable to a “punishment similar to that of suicide in the Hereafter”.

And here’s the kicker:

The committee, presided by Professor Dr Farooq Hamada, said: “Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another.

Khaleej Times

Really? Somebody must have forgotten to tell these guys.

H/T to Elton John, who got there first.

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2 Comments
  1. Reblogged this on rationalhumanist87 and commented:
    Again, with Islam, it’s a case of who condemns what. You don’t see a FATWA against terrorism, nor do you hear of a FATWA denouncing religious oppression towards women or even against violent enforcement of Sharia. Yet, what we do have is a FATWA against going to Mars. Way to make a fool of yourself Islam

  2. Again, with Islam, it’s a case of who condemns what. You don’t see a FATWA against terrorism, nor do you hear of a FATWA denouncing religious oppression towards women or even against violent enforcement of Sharia. Yet, what we do have is a FATWA against going to Mars. Way to make a fool of yourself Islam

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